Questions tagged [protected-questions]

Questions may be protected by users with 15,000 reputation or by diamond moderators. Protected questions can only be answered by users with at least 10 reputation (110 if they have the association bonus).

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What can I do if I want to answer a protected question without having the required reputation to do so? [duplicate]

… although I have more than enough on Stack Overflow. The question I'm trying to answer is: Rails - Does using partials slow views rendering? This problem has annoyed me for awhile. I found the ...
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Dialog/tooltip for 'protect' button misaligned on narrow screens

On a narrow screen, the 'protect' button sometimes wraps to the next line of the so-called 'post menu'; if you click it, the resulting dialog/tooltip can become misaligned. On Safari, this happens on ...
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Make the “Highly active question” banner link to the “remove new user restrictions” privilege, not the “protect questions” privilege

Currently, the "Highly active question" banner links to the "protect questions" privilege when clicking on the linked text. Example here: Boundary of Siegel modular variety But ...
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Protected question notice is confusing and incorrect, especially to users with the association bonus

The new notice for protected questions looks like this: Earn 10 reputation in order to answer this question. The reputation requirement helps protect this question from spam and non-answer activity. ...
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Is all reputation equal, or was this a bug? [duplicate]

Due to long use and positive reputation across other stack exchange sites, I've started getting 100 reputation immediately on joining a new stack-exchange site. A question interested me in a site I ...
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Unable to (un)protect questions after editing the post inline

A pretty minor issue; but a bug nonetheless. Steps to reproduce: Acquire the Protect Questions privilege. Go to any valid questions for protection (at least 1 day old and have an answer by <10 rep ...
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Why are “protected” questions marked also as “highly active”?

I’ve recently noticed that some questions are marked as “highly active“ while actually they are not. This is a recent example of a question that never hit the “Hot Network” list and its total views ...
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Remove UI restriction against unprotecting questions less than 24 hours old

It's that time of the year again; no, I don't mean April Fools, I mean a question with a lot of posts by users who are new to Meta. These posts are explicitly open to new users. Like the contests last ...
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What is a “protected” or “highly active” question?

Questions can be protected (i.e. marked "highly active"). What does it mean for a question to be protected? Why are some questions protected? Who can protect and unprotect questions? Who can answer a ...
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Automatic protection check fails to properly exclude answers from the same user in some cases

This question received two spam/abusive answers from the same new user, and was automatically protected. As far as I understand the system, it should not have been automatically protected since the ...
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Allow people to answer protected questions if they have earned at least some amount of combined SE rep

The purpose of protected questions is, according to the message presented on such a question, "to prevent 'thanks!', 'me too!', or spam answers by new users." The more verbose "Protected questions" ...
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Let moderators mark a question as a honeypot, autoflag all subsequent answers

tl;dr: Auto-protection doesn't always work to keep spammers away. Give me a way to have new answers to a question flagged automatically. There is a question or two on my site that gets a decent ...
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“Highly active question” banner text has a couple of stray asterisks [duplicate]

The banner text for protected questions currently reads: Highly active question.** You have enough reputation to answer this question. The reputation requirement helps protect this question from ...
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Move the “highly active question” banner down below the question

Maybe it's just me, but the new "highly-active" banner seems kind of jarring: It feels to me like the most eye-catching thing on the page, positioned as it is above the question text, and yet it's ...
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Can we do something more useful when new users land on a protected question?

If you land on a protected question and are not able to answer (because you don't have 10 reputation earned on the site) you find this notice where the answer box normally lives: That's weird and a ...
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Not possible for 15k+ users to protect or unprotect questions on which a moderator has disabled commenting

Ordinarily, users with 15k+ reputation can protect questions that are at least 24 hours old, and have at least one answer from a user with less than 10 reputation. However, I'm unable to protect this ...
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How do get my own question unprotected?

I have a question on Stack Overflow which has been protected. I do not have the reputation required to unprotect it. The question has had a number of off-topic responses from people who apparently ...
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Disable auto-protection for meta questions

I just saw this question and one line jumped out at me: I mean a question with a lot of posts by users who are new to Meta. These posts are explicitly open to new users. A feature request was made ...
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Do you think it's right to stymie opinions on important topics? [closed]

Just to be clear, I'm explicitly referring to the "Official FAQ on gender pronouns and Code of Conduct changes". I think disallowing the association bonus is a bad choice. I read and answer ...
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On Meta Stack Overflow, the association bonus should count towards the rep requirement for protected questions

The association bonus is ignored by design for the 10 reputation requirement to answer a protected question. Since Meta Stack Overflow is the only meta with separate reputation (correct me if I'm ...
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Retain the selected option with sorting type in protected question moderator tool when navigating between option tabs

Recently the UI for the 10k tools - protected question page is updated. In the current UI, when navigating between the options tab (all/month/week/day) the selected column and its sort type is not ...
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Can we have a better way to look at protected questions in the 10K tools?

Back in 2010, a request was made for a search operator for protected questions. This hasn't been implemented, so I thought I'd look at it from a different angle. In November of 2016, we added the ...
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Why is the protected notice different?

So I join Stack Overflow for like almost more than a year like this and mostly I found the question that have been protected by "someone" will be show like the bottom picture. You can directly see ...
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No diamond icon for moderators in protected question moderator tool

There is no diamond icon displayed for the moderator accounts in the protected question 10k tools page.
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Make unprotection disqualify questions from further auto-protection

When Community Wiki status is removed from a question, it makes that question ineligible to be automatically converted back to wiki status again. (Ignore the fact that auto-CW doesn't exist any more ...
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Why did Community auto-protect this question when an answer from a high-rep user was deleted?

This question was automatically protected at the same time as this answer being deleted. However, I believe it was incorrectly protected. Per the protection FAQ, questions are automatically protected ...
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For 15k+ users: Guidelines on Protecting Questions? [duplicate]

Just got a notice on StackOverflow that I can now "protect questions" .... I've seen diamond moderators do this a few times before, but for the most part I haven't seen it used too often. Therefore I ...
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Is it possible to know which questions I have protected? [duplicate]

I have protected a few questions on a Stack Exchange website. Is it possible to know which ones? I don't remember them anymore.
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Page not found error for an image in the protected question blog page

There is a "Page not found" error on the Proctected questions blog post. I navigated to the blog post from the Protect questions privilege page. When clicking on the image in the page, it navigate to ...
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Protecting questions from mobile site

I’ve searched through blog posts and questions just about everywhere I know to look on Google and SE (which is still far from everywhere there is to look, mind), but I cannot find anyone mentioning ...
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Why wasn't this question automatically protected after receiving a combination of spam answers and non-answers?

As per the FAQ on protection, questions are automatically protected as a result of deleted answers if the number of deleted answers from new users, plus the number of deleted answers with helpful spam ...
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Protection banner shouldn’t override bounty banner in the app

In the app, a question that has an open bounty has a banner at the bottom indicating that there is a bounty: However, if the question is also protected then the banner at the bottom is about the ...
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Automatically protecting questions from junk answers

Given the many junk answers that tend to accumulate, and the current absurdly low rep threshold for bypassing protection of questions, should questions be automatically protected? I'm not after ...
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Can we have a “isprotected” search operator?

Please add a search operator that selects for (or against) the protected status flag.
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Protection banner missing when I don't have enough rep to answer; closed and locked banners appear in wrong spot

For some reasons (HNQ) I stumbled upon this question. I scrolled down, read through the answers and then I saw that there was no answer field: This was strange, because the question seemed not to be ...
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Question protection should block low-rep users with existing answers on the thread

On Physics SE, I just came across a surprising case which looked like a user with 1 rep posting an answer a year after the question was protected. Upon some investigation, I found that they'd posted ...
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Protecting a question shows mistaken authorship in Google search results

Today, I was searching on Google for a resource on viewing the JavaScript console in various browsers. As it turns out, there was a good overview on Webmasters.SE: "Thanks, John Conde!" I thought to ...
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Stack Exchange doesn't allow me to answer protected questions because I gave away earned rep in bounties

I noticed that I can't answer protected questions. I don't want to actually, but it says: It was FAQ for Stack Exchange sites, but I also didn't have an ability to answer other protected ...
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Why wasn't this question automatically protected after the third answer from a new user?

This question received its fourth deleted answer from a new user just a few hours ago. It was only at that time that the question was automatically protected. However, according to the FAQ, questions ...
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Am I trusted or not? [duplicate]

A few minutes ago I registered on Meta. I received 100 rep points because you trust me on other sites. You've earned a bonus of 100 reputation because we trust you on other sites in the network I ...
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Let's talk about phrasing of the “Protected Questions” message

Currently, the Protected message text reads: Given that we now strive to become more welcoming to new users, shouldn't we change the phrasing to something that doesn't seem as hostile as the existing ...
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Why are closed questions shown an option to protect? [duplicate]

When we reach a reputation of 15k, we are able to protect a question. Intention behind this privilege is preventing questions from getting non spam answers and low quality answers when the question is ...
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The list of questions you are sent to when you can't answer protected questions should not contain protected questions

If you try to answer a protected question without having the required reputation you get the following message: The link in the words "unanswered questions" takes you to the site's list of unanswered ...
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Users with only the association bonus can answer protected questions on per-site metas

A user on Photography has only 103 rep, and has the association bonus rights. So their rep without the association bonus is 3. Yet they were able to post this answer to a protected question on the ...
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Possible for 15k+ users to mark questions which have been answered by suspended users as protected

From the protected question FAQ: Users with the Protect Questions privilege (15k reputation on graduated sites, 3.5k on beta sites) can protect a question which is at least a day old, and ...
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Should protected questions prevent the comment privilege from the association bonus? [duplicate]

At 1 rep, a user can post, i.e. ask a question or post an answer to a question. They must earn sufficient rep to be able to comment. Users with the association bonus get 100 points added, so a new ...
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Writing answer to a question when it became protected--system disallowed post but counted as me posting

I just tried to post an answer to a question on Physics (where I have 103 reputation by association). While researching and writing up my answer, the question became protected (without me knowing). ...
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What should we do if we think a question should be protected?

If I feel a question of particular value as a "relatively frequently asked question" should be protected, what course of action should be taken?
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No way to know that a question is protected in the Android app

I'm trying to answer a question via the Android app, but I can't seem to find an answer button or instructions / reasons for why there isn't one. I see the question and its existing answers, but ...
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Misleading hover text for 'protect' option

The hover text for the 'protect' option is slightly misleading: disallow answers by anonymous and very new low rep users The word 'new' is off. It doesn't matter if the user is new or not; only ...

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